Is religion a delusion?
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09-11-2015, 08:50 AM
Is religion a delusion?
I'm more curious if theists think other theists are delusional?

Abrahamic: God/YHWH made the world.
Hindu: The world is held up by elephants that stand on a turtle.
Old Greek/Roman: Atlas holds the world.

Abrahamic: We die and are reunited with God. (With various versions of this.)
Hindu: We die and are reborn until we overcome karma (very simple version).
Vodou/Voodoo: You die, and Baron Samedi brings your soul over. Best if you are buried with rum, grilled peanuts, and maybe a dirty joke. He makes sure your body rots so you can't be zombified. (He's probably my favorite Loa.)

And so on. Mind you, they all say they're right and have proof.
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09-11-2015, 01:35 PM
RE: Is religion a delusion?
(09-11-2015 08:50 AM)Clockwork Wrote:  Old Greek/Roman: Atlas holds the world.

NO. In Greek and Roman mythology, Atlas holds up the sky, contrary to more modern depictions in sculpture. The world (Gaea/Terra) is a conscious goddess in her own right and does not need anyone to hold her up. The Titan Atlas was condemned by Zeus to keep the heavens (Uranus/Caelus) separate after the war of the Olympians versus the Titans, to keep Gaea and Uranus from resuming their union and producing more Titans.

(And if you think this level of pedantry is silly, compare it to the debate about free will / predestination.)
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09-11-2015, 03:05 PM
RE: Is religion a delusion?
(09-11-2015 01:35 PM)Reltzik Wrote:  
(09-11-2015 08:50 AM)Clockwork Wrote:  Old Greek/Roman: Atlas holds the world.

NO. In Greek and Roman mythology, Atlas holds up the sky, contrary to more modern depictions in sculpture.
Thanks for correcting that!
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